the Kev. Robert Nares, the Duke of Newcastle, and Miss Anne Pitt. These have for the most part been printed from the originals. The most important exceptions are the letters to Miss Anne Pitt and to Lady Mary Coke. The former, which are among the Dropmore papers (to which unfortunately it was impossible for me to have access), are reprinted from the I3£h Report of the Historical MSS. Commission (Appendix, Part III, Vol. I). The letters to Lady Mary Coke were printed in the Letters cmd Journals of Lady Mary Coke (edited by the Hon. James A. Home, four vols., privately printed, 1889-1896) from the originals in the possession of the late Lady Anne Home-Drummond-Moray, by whose permission they are included in the present edition. Besides these there are letters written in French to Madame du Deffand, to the Duchesse de Choiseul, to Count Schuwaloff, and to several other French correspondents.
Some of the most interesting of the new letters are those addressed by Horace Walpole to his schoolfellow Charles Lyttelton (afterwards Dean of Exeter and Bishop of Carlisle). These letters, which were first published many years ago in Notes and Queries (Jan. 2, 1869), are now printed from the originals in the possession of Viscount Cobham. The first of these is of particular interest, as being the earliest extant letter of Horace Walpole, written at the age of fifteen1.
The letters to Lady Mary Coke (twenty-six in number) axe full of the wit and charm which Walpole invariably had at command when writing to his lady friends—a charm which is not absent even from the letters written in his extreme old age, although some of those addressed to Miss Mary Berry almost deserve the epithet of larmoyant, which
1 A facsimile of thia letter is given in vol. i. p. 1.